Colorado immigrant driver’s license bill signed into law

Author: Associated Press - May 30, 2018 - Updated: May 31, 2018

In this 2014 file photo, immigrant and longtime resident of the United States, Rosalva Mireles, left, is photographed and processed for her permanent driver’s license at a Department of Motor Vehicles office in Denver. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley, file)

Starting next year, immigrants who are in the country illegally but have valid Colorado driver’s licenses will be able to renew those licenses online or by mail.

Gov. John Hickenlooper signed into law Tuesday a measure that’s designed to boost the ranks of the state’s agricultural workforce.

Colorado has issued the driver’s licenses since 2014. But they had to be renewed in person every three years at one of just three Department of Motor Vehicles offices devoted to that purpose.

Under the new law, online and mail renewals will begin Jan. 1, 2019.

Currently, the waiting list for renewals is months long, preventing many workers from driving to their jobs.

The bill’s Republican sponsors, Sens. Don Coram and Larry Crowder, argued the economies of their rural western and southern Colorado districts were at stake.

Immigrants who can prove they live in Colorado are eligible for the licenses.

CORRECTION: An earlier version of this story reported erroneously that licenses can be renewed online and by mail now under the new law. Online and mail renewals will be available on Jan. 1, 2019.

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